More Than a Song is a weekly podcast dedicated to helping you discover the truth of Scripture hidden in today's popular Christian music. Each episode teaches you to connect portions of God's Word with the songs you are singing along with on the radio; to help you meditate on Truths that will transform your way of thinking and ultimately your life.
"Nothing Else" by Cody Carnes
Is it possible to actively serve Christ and miss Him all at the same time? It sure is! I don't want to miss Him, though. Cody Carnes' song, "Nothing Else," inspired me to consider what it looks like to sit at the feet of Jesus, taking in his preeminence, and ultimately repenting for where I've gone off track. Join me in exploring a few Scripture areas as we discover that "nothing else will do" besides Jesus.
"Famous For (I Believe)" by Tauren Wells
Do you know what God is famous for? I mean, can you describe some of the wondrous deeds of the Lord that He is most famous for? Tauren Wells sings out a list in his song "Famous For (I Believe)." Being able to remember and recount the miracles and judgments of God is required by Scripture. Let's get better at remembering and recounting by reading and interacting with God's Word this week.
#349: "P E A C E" by Hillsong Young & Free
I had a conversation with a friend this week. She described herself as "full up." I get it. This year isn't cutting any of us any breaks, is it? It keeps pouring out the stress, and we're "full up." What we need is a peace that passes understanding. That's what Hillsong Young & Free sings about in their song "P E A C E," and it is promised to us in Scripture.
Join me as we explore what it takes to secure the peace we so desperately desire.
In this episode, I discuss:
Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - our Bible Interaction Tool Exercises this week are: Read in context Repetition Read in several translations Read an overview of the book you are studying Journal your dialogue with God Make a list The 30 Day Music Challenge - ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE HERE Understanding the anxiety, I address in this episode is circumstantial, not clinical Why the song inspired me to study Philippians - Philippians 4:6-7 Making it your habit to read the epistles all the way through My favorite resource for overviews of each book of the Bible along with advice on how to read each book - "How to Read the Bible Book by Book" by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart - Amazon link Highlighting the emphases of the letter to Philippians so as not to study a smaller section ignoring the whole Identifying areas of anxiety in your own life Discovering potential sources of anxiety for the Philippians Specific instructions that lead to peace - Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice Pray Refocusing our minds during times of anxiety - Philippians 4:8 Practicing what we've learned today - Philippians 4:9 Practice rejoicing. Practice praying with thanksgiving. DO THESE THINGS. Don't just read about them. Do them. Practice them.
Additional Resources Lyrics and chords - WorshipTogether.com The story behind the song "P E A C E" by Hillsong Young & Free - YouTube Video This Week's Challenge Read all of Philippians multiple times this week. Try reading in a variety of translations. Look for hints at what might cause anxiety in the lives of the church members at Philippi and discover if anything you discover compares to what you are dealing with. Follow Paul's instructions as it relates to your anxiety; rejoice, and pray. Practice these things, and you will not only get God's peace but God Himself.
"Love God Love People" by Danny Gokey
I love it when someone takes something complex and boils it down for me. Jesus does that when asked about the greatest commandment, and Danny Gokey sings about it in his song, "Love God Love People." There's no greater power than really understanding the Scripture inspiring the summary statement found in our song and the words of Christ.
"Who Am I?" by NEEDTOBREATHE
I need a reset sometimes. Instead of looking at myself, I need to look up. Perhaps when I do, I can reset my perspective as I consider God's greatness and my insignificance in comparison to Him. And yet, as NEEDTOBREATHE sings about in "Who Am I?", and David writes about in the Psalms, God thinks of me and cares for me. Mind blown. Let's look up together and consider the heavens and the work of God's fingers in Psalm 8.
"Rise Up (Lazarus)" by CAIN
What if Lazarus never came out of the tomb? When Jesus made Lazarus alive again it wasn't so that he could lie there wrapped in burial clothes, it was so he could walk in newness of life. The CAIN band sings of this in their song "Rise Up (Lazarus)". We, too, are called to walk in newness of life. Join me on a journey through the New Testament to explore what we are to "rise up" to do.
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